Community….

Where would we be without it and holy hell can it get annoying!

Tomorrow starts a wine tasting series with the French Wine Society– where I am currently studying for my French Wine Scholar- and I am looking at buying six bottles of wine to drink all alone.  Now, I LOVE the concept of doing a tasting through the Wine Society, but I am having this deep sadness due to the absence of a community.  Today I went to a tasting at Sofitel near Bellecour in Lyon and met an American girl working in the marketing department as well as getting her WSET training.  She and I talked for almost an hour about wine, French wine, American wine, all wines!  It was an hour that I loved because I was simply in community- sharing, exchanging, learning from each other.  I am sorta bummed to sit tomorrow behind my computer all alone for this tasting :(.  I hope tomorrow, being the first one, will be something of a surprise and hopefully create opportunities to come into community with fellow students.

Now, there is this concept of TOO much community, I mean too much of people’s opinions and statements.  I do not think wine should be shared with people in order to get them to understand what is good and bad.  Wine is an art.  And everchanging art at that!  It takes education and community to help people find their personal palates and preferences.  We don’t taste wines to say they are wrong or bad, we taste wines for the pleasure of it.  Equally today I was tasting with my friend’s father who had an amazing nose- I mean really spectacular!!  It was in that moment I wanted him to tell me everything and I mean everything he was smelling.  I wanted to attach words the way he did to the smells I was smelling.  He and I didn’t share the same palate or preference for wine, but could equally learn from each other.  He didn’t force his opinion on me or mine on him, we just shared.

I want, I hope to, build a community with From Vine to Wine… Talk about a dream come true!Burgundy Vines

Ok, lets talk tastings…

   I LOVE giving tastings. I really want to spend my days teaching people about the magic of wine.  How every glass is different, every sip proves something new, every person a different palate.  I mean really, what more could you ask for?

   Personally, I love the finish.  I talked about it in my last post, but the finish is my thing.  I think this is the reason I am so drawn to French wines.  In my humble opinion, terroir = finish and finish = terroir.  The two go together like peanut butter and jelly.

   In France, because of the notion of terroir, they say that any idiot can make wine in a good year, but it takes a real winemaker to make good wine in a bad year.

   I love that.  It makes the wine something other than the person that makes it.  It is a labor of love.  You really have to know your vines in order to get the wine.

   There is a new book about called Why You Like the Wines You Like, but Tim Hanni, MW.  I started reading it the other week and have found it interesting for an American palate, but am wondering for the French palate and moreover, French history.  I LOVE the idea that to start understanding wine, we first have to find the wine style we like.

   With French wines, I encourage people to try and figure out their own palate before critiquing anything about the wine (especially in front of the French).  You are more than welcome to not like a wine, but you better be able to explain if you chose to say that.  Personally, sweet wines are hard for me.  They leave too much sugar on my tongue, too much residue and not enough freshness.  I can say that, because I have tried a variety and learned my won palate.  I have worked to understand what I like and don’t like, what I prefer in a wine and what I don’t.  This is the goal of tastings.  If I can have it my way… starting May 1 this will be what I get to do all the time.  Help people find their personal palate for wine!  Woot woot!

Minervois